Andropause, simply put as male ‘menopause,’ is a condition affecting men, particularly as they start to age and cross their early 50s, they develop certain symptoms, which are in many ways, similar to the female menopause.
Diminished sex drive, loss of hair, sleeping problems and insomnia, erectile dysfunction and concentration problems are some common symptoms associated with andropause. Moody behavior and depression are also believed to play their roles during this stage. While reduced testosterone levels during this stage can be dealt with by taking testosterone supplements, other approaches may be needed to deal with other symptoms associated with this condition.
Certain herbs are believed to be wonderfully helpful in reducing the symptoms associated with andropause and reducing other signs of ageing. Let’s take a closer look at these and check out how they help.
Horny goat weed
Also known as epimedium, the horny goat weed is related to the buttercup flowers, and has been in use since a long time to deal with erectile dysfunction and other problems associated with the male reproductive system. Horny goat weed is believed to dilate the blood vessels that supply blood to the sexual organs and increase the circulation to these areas.
Some studies have also confirmed of the efficacy of horny goat weed as a testosterone booster-it works by increasing the levels of dopamine- a neurotransmitter.
The root of the ‘stinging nettle’ plant contains many important constituents that bind to certain globulins that increase the risk associated with prostate cancer in men. With the dawn of andropause, there is an increased risk of abnormal cell growth; however stinging nettle appears to reduce that risk and also play a role in improving the flow of urine and keeping the male reproductive system healthy.
Saw palmetto has been a subject of research among scientists for quite some time now, and is a good natural remedy for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Saw palmetto extracts are just as effective as many medications used for the treatment of enlarged prostate gland and other symptoms associated with male menopause.
Yohimbe comes from the bark of an evergreen tree, and is native to some parts of West Africa. This herb has been in use since centuries for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, which is one of the common symptoms associated with male menopause.
Certain compounds present in this herb are believed to strengthen the male reproductive system and stimulate the nerve cells and receptors that are involved in increasing the flow of blood to the penis.
Black cohosh is widely used as a herbal supplement to deal with symptoms like depression, hot flashes, anxiety spells and even panic attacks, which are commonly observed in men as they hit their andropausal stage. Supplementation with black cohosh in the appropriate dosage can help reduce the severity of all these symptoms and also curb certain other undesirable effects associated with male menopause including headaches and nausea.
Gingko biloba is one of the oldest species of trees found on the planet, and its extracts have been found to be extremely useful in dealing with a variety of health issues, including andropause. Several studies have found that gingko biloba extracts can act as a natural treatment for erectile dysfunction and improve blood flow to the different organs of the body.
Gingko extracts are known to boost concentration and memory and also helps slows down male hair loss.
Andropause brings with it another dreadful symptom- insomnia. Thankfully, valerian root is a great natural treatment for not just insomnia, but various other sleep problems such as sleep apnea, restlessness etc. A study published in the year 2002 has found the sedative effects of valerian root, which could be helpful in calming down a number of symptoms associated with male menopause efficiently.
An herb that has been in use by Chinese herbalists since a long time now, tribulus terrestris is wonderfully effective in naturally boosting the levels of testosterone and stimulating the hormones in the brain that boost libido and improve fertility.
Certain chemicals present in this herb are also found to be effective in curbing other symptoms associated with male menopause including enlargement of breasts etc.